Title: Find Me
Author: Laura van den Berg
Published: February 17, 2015
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux
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A strange sickness is sweeping the country that causes people to lose their memory. The cause is unknown and any sort of cure or preventative measure is even further out of reach. But some people, like Joy, are immune. Not having much else in her life, Joy agrees to take residence in a Kansas hospital for the immune, where it’s clear some sort of study is happening. There are treatments, rules, and a number of mysterious things going on inside the hospital walls. Some patients become restless and start talking about escaping–could Joy do that? If she left, where would she go? There’s her birth mother, whom she’s always wanted to meet. Perhaps she could track her down and find the one person who can and should love her no matter what. But no journey is easy–and even less so when the country is being ravaged by an epidemic.
Gritty. Entertaining. Thought-provoking. These are all words I would certainly use to describe this book. There are some great philosophical questions raised here though a very well-written and developed story. What makes us who we are? What defines humanity? What is ethical when it comes to medical treatment, and when is it appropriate to set those ethics aside for what is perceived to be the best interest of the patient or the broader population? Do all social experiments wind up going terribly wrong? Even with these questions on the forefront, there’s nothing preachy–the author doesn’t dictate the answers, rather she gives us scenarios to consider as we, the readers, make up our own minds.